Blashfield made this drawing of the colonnaded forecourt of an ancient temple while sailing down the Nile with his father-in-law, Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833–1896), a noted Egyptologist and benefactor of the Brooklyn Museum’s world-class Egyptian collections. Catering to Americans’ taste for “exotic” subject matter, Blashfield used his Egyptian sketches to illustrate articles he and his wife wrote for the popular Scribner’s Magazine in 1891–92.
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Edwin Howland Blashfield (American, 1848-1936). Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, 1887. Graphite on light tan, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John H. Field, 48.217.8
Gift of John H. Field
Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm)
Graphite on light tan, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper